Rejoicers run while the bulls run at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, ​​Spain, on July 7, 2022. (Reuters / Vincent West)

Pamplona, ​​Spain: Burlan, the first in three years, took place on Thursday at the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, ​​Spain. No one was disappointed, but some runners knocked and hard-falled as tens of thousands of people enjoyed the return of one of Europe’s most famous traditional events.

Guided by six tame cows rushing down the streets of Pamplona for about 2 minutes and 35 seconds without causing too many genocide among the thousands of observers and participants cramming the course. 6 bulls.

Some runners were trampled, trampled, or pushed into the cobblestone pavement. The animal’s horns struck the heads of at least two men, neither of which was distorted.

Pamplona Hospital said six people were brought in for treatment. Among them was a 30-year-old American man with a broken left arm and a 16-year-old Spanish girl who lost a part of his finger at a bullring where runners piled up at the entrance.

Four Spanish men between the ages of 19 and 45 were also injured.

Ryan Ward, an American tourist from San Diego, California, said the risk of running with a bull is worth the hassle.

“I feel like I need to cry. It’s so many emotions that I have accumulated and I’m running with” mis amigos “(my friend). I don’t know where they are, I lost everyone, “he said after finishing his bull, running unharmed.

“It felt like two seconds. I actually ran the Bulls for about a minute, but it felt like a blink and disappeared,” Ward continued. I had the best experience I have ever had. “

Burlan early Thursday morning was the first of eight scheduled. The rest of the day usually includes heavy drinking, eating, and attending cultural events.

Eight people were killed at the last festival of 2019, which took place before the coronavirus pandemic. Since 1910, most recently in 2009, 16 people have died in the bulls.

The bull, which runs every morning, is killed by a professional bullfighter in the afternoon. Although animal rights activists have campaigned against animal slaughter, bullfighting remains popular among parts of Spanish society and is an integral part of the Festival of San Fermin.

The incredibly popular Pamplona festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to a pandemic.

Spain’s strong vaccination program has allowed life to return to near normal, but the recent increase in cases has led Pamplona authorities to recommend the use of face masks as needed.

That said, the mask was a very rare sight in a crowd of people stuffing the city square for the official kick-off of the party on Wednesday or during the first Bull Run.

Thousands of men and some women have joined the “Enciero” or Burlan to avoid the giant bulls and cows thundering along the narrow, winding cobblestone streets of the old town of Pamplona.

The 875-meter (956 yards) course is sprayed with substances that help prevent the bull from slipping in tight corners. Execution usually finishes within 3 minutes.

Skilled bull runners, mostly locals, try to sprint right in front of the bullhorn before it peels off in the last second. Inexperienced groups, including most foreigners, have enough ability to scramble out of the way and often end up in a pile of fellow runners.

Most people in Pamplona this week wear traditional white shirts and red sashes and neckerchief trousers for the festival.

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